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  • Crew Review: CamelBak Forge Travel Mugs

    CamelBak Forge Travel MugAhh, the great outdoors. There truly isn't anything better than that first breath of fresh air before embarking on an outdoor adventure. Or is there? The answer of course is yes, yes there is something better (and it involves coffee!)

    That's right, we are talking about travel mugs today! And more specifically, the CamelBak Forge travel mugs. We are quite fond of this mug. Sure it works great for commuting to work in the morning. But we think it is even more fitting when "forging" a trail, hot coffee in hand. And speaking of hot coffee, the CamelBak Forge travel mug does an excellent job at keeping your coffee hot! The double wall, stainless steel body keeps your hot coffee hot (or your cold, cold brew...well, cold).

    Be sure to watch our Crew Review below to see the results of our temperature test! (Spoiler alert: it does an superb job!)

    One of the best features on this travel mug is the self sealing lid. Say goodbye to accidental spills! The lid also comes apart for easy cleaning in all the nooks and crannies. The CamelBak Forge Travel mug comes in two color schemes. Solid black or stainless steel and blue!

    Check out our Crew Review video below for the full scoop!

     

  • Crew Review: AeroPress

    AeroPressIt's portable. It's affordable. And some might even call it adorable! Yes, we are talking about the AeroPress by Aerobie.

    The AeroPress is a clever alternative way to brew up your cup of coffee. It functions in a similar fashion to a French Press, but with a twist! When you plunge the AeroPress, the coffee is forced through a paper (or stainless steel) filter. Leaving you with a very clean cup of coffee.

    It's great for traveling since it is lightweight. All that you need is some coffee and hot water to complete your set up.  The AeroPress is built in the U.S.A and is B.P.A. free. Win win? We think so.

    The AeroPress makes a stout cup of coffee that some say resembles "espresso", without the crema of course. Not traditional espresso, but a very strong cup. But the real beauty in this coffee maker is how much control you have when brewing. If you like to brew up a strong concentrate and dilute it like an americano, you can. If you prefer to make a medium strong cup of coffee and mix with half and half, the choice is yours.

    We love our AeroPress. And think you will too! Check out our full Crew Review video below before subscribing to our YouTube channel. Come on, we know you want too :)

  • Crew Review: Jura A9

    The next generation from Jura. A smaller footprint, eco-friendly energy saving options and an intuitive touch screen that makes selecting your morning beverage just that much more fun! That's right, we are talking about the Jura A9!Jura A9

    The Jura A9 is the latest superautomatic espresso machine from Jura. And keeping with what they do best, the display on this machine is totally awesome. We are always impressed with the Jura displays; colorful, easy to read, and now-touch sensitive!

    The Jura A9 has a stainless steel ThermoBlock boiler. Which, for a superautomatic, is very powerful. The milk that comes off this machine is hot, something that is difficult to achieve with a superautomatic machine.

    The water reservoir and bean hopper are on the smaller side. But we don't necessarily think that is such a bad thing. It requires you to only use the freshest water and beans, which means tasty drinks!  The water reservoir holds 37.2 ounces of water and the bean hopper holds 4.4 ounces of beans.

    One of the greatest features of this machine is its ability to grind and brew twice. So now with only one touch on the machine, it will have a latte for you and your guest/friend/lover brewed up and ready to enjoy together! And we like that :)

    Be sure to watch the full Crew Review below!

     

  • Saeco Pure Replaces The Odea!

    Saeco PureIt is time for another hand off in the Saeco Espresso Machine line up! This time we say good-bye to the Odea while opening our arms to the Saeco Pure!

    The Saeco Pure has larger capacities and faster warm up times all inside a design that is slimmer and lighter! Which is a long way to say, the Saeco Pure is an awesome new machine. One that anybody will enjoy.

    Here are some of the stats of these two machines side by side:

    Saeco Pure Saeco Odea
    Width 8.5 inches 10.5 inches
    Depth 16.75 inches 15.5 inches
    Height 13 inches 14 inches
    Bean Capacity 8.8 ounces 6.3 ounces
    Reservior Capacity 60.8 ounces 51 ounces
    Warm Up Time 1:15 1:30
    Boiler Design Single Boiler ThermoBlock
    Weight 17 pounds 45 pounds

     

    We think the Saeco Pure makes an excellent entry level superautomatic espresso machine. It is super simple to use and to maintain. And since it sits at an excellent price point,  it's a great place for someone to step into the wonder world that is home espresso :)

    Check out the full comparison in the video below! Have any questions? Leave them in the comment section on YouTube and we will be happy to answer!

     

  • Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Musica

    Do you hear that thumbing beat off in the distance? It sounds like a disco! Oh wait, it's just Gail brewing up some shots on the Nuova Simonelli Musica. Of course!Nuova Simonelli Musica

    Thats right, it's a fresh Crew Review of the Nuova Simonelli Musica, part espresso machine part life of the party. The Nuova Simonelli Musica is a stylish looking machine, but it isn't all about the looks. The insides of this machine really pack a punch.

    It is a heat exchanger machine, which ensures that each espresso shot is brewed at a consistent temperature to give you the best tasting shot possible. It also allows you to brew and steam your milk at the same time, something that isn't possible on single boiler machines.

    And speaking of steam, this machine will surely impress. The design of the steam knob is actually not a knob at all. It is a slider that you can move up and down and can lock to stay on. We were really impressed with this design and the power of the stream. Get ready cappuccino, here we come!

    The Musica comes with a professional 58mm portafilter so you can really show off to your friends. And if you are looking for POD compatibility, you are in luck because with a simple adapter kit you can turn your Musica into an  E.S.E. pod-based device for easy coffee production.

    All in all, we really like this machine. Be sure to watch the full Crew Review of it below before heading over to our YouTube channel and subscribing!

     

  • Latte Art University

    Latte Art UniversityCongratulations! On behalf of Seattle Coffee Gear and the faculty of the School Of Coffee Extraction, we are pleased to offer you admission to the Ph.D. program at Latte Art University.

    That's right folks! Gail is going to Latte Art University and you get go along for the ride. We teamed up with Max from Spotted Cow Coffee Company to bring to you a full week of Latte Art training! Max has been a barista with Spotted Cow for quite some time now, even venturing into the Barista Competition Circuit!

    In this week long course, Max and Gail will explore everything you need to know in order to produce excellent latte art. (Hint: It begins even before you take the milk out of the refrigerator!)

    Max will demonstrate how to produce some of the basic latte art shapes, including the heart and the rosetta! He will also be discussing the best alternative milks out there for latte art, as well as sharing some tips and tricks to producing great latte art on a single boiler machine!

    So grab your frothing pitchers and a bag of freshly roasted coffee and practice alongside Gail as she goes through the program here at Latte Art University.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don't miss a lesson! And as always, thanks for watching!

     

     

  • Comparison: Entry Level Superautomatic Machines

    We are back with another comparison for you all! This time we set our sights on a few entry level superautomatic espresso machines! To be a little more specific: the Saeco Xsmall, the Jura Micro 1 and the DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300.

    Each of these models has a little something for everyone. So we are certain you will be able to find the right one for you ;) So lets get to it!

    First up the Saeco Xsmall. As the name suggests, it has the smallest foot print. Which is a great feature if you are short on counter space (aren't we all!). It also has the smallest water tank, coming in at 33 oz. We don't consider this a con however, since fresh water is best! Filling up the tank every few uses is a good habit to have anyway!

    Next you have the Jura Micro 1. This one is strictly for coffee and espresso as it does not have a steam arm. So unless you have stand alone milk frother, no lattes. The Micro 1 features a bypass doser which allows you to brew pre-ground coffee, leaving the beans in the hopper where they are. Nighttime decaf anyone?

    The Delonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 also has a bypass doser and a lot more functionality. This is also the only double boiler machine in this line up. But with that benefit comes a larger footprint. So if you are short on space, be sure to take measurements to see if it will fit!

    Those are the basics of these espresso machines. Be sure to watch the full comparison video below so see them side by side! And if you find the video helpful, be sure to subscribe to our channel for more!

     

  • Morning Maintenance: Rancilio Silvia General Maintenance

    So you have been brewing up some delicious espresso shots with your Rancilio Silvia for a few months now. Your liking the taste and want this investment to last!Silvia General Maintenance

    That's good news! (You came to the right spot). We are here to share with you some tips for Rancilio Silvia General Maintenance. It's easy to do if you keep up on it!

    When it comes to Rancilio SIlvia General Maintenance, you want to hit the big three. What are the big three? We will share.

    First, make sure you blow steam out and wipe down your steam wand after frothing milk. This is something you absolutely must do every time, and immediately. Check out this video to see what can happen if you don't!

    Next, you want to backflush your machine. When you backflush, you are forcing a cleaning solution up into the brew screen and back down the solenoid valve.  Coffee is oily stuff! Using a product like Cafiza will help break down those oils, which can cause clogs if left uncleaned.

    Finally, give your machine a wipe down. When espresso shots are being pulled, or milk is being frothed, things can get a bit messy! Keeping the exterior clean is just the right thing to do ;)

    Watch the video below to see step by step instructions for all these easy general maintenance tips! And be sure to subscribe so you don't miss and episode!

  • How To Ice Brew Coffee

    Ice BrewIt's summer. Which means iced coffee of course!

    But we think iced coffee should be more than just hot coffee poured over ice. If you have been following our YouTube channel you know that we have been experimenting with different ways to get that coffee we know and love, ice cold.

    We have experimented with cold brew, which is amazingly smooth, but takes up to 24 hours to brew! Luckily we found out about this Japanese Cold Brew method, or sometimes referred to as ice brew!

    We made some great coffee using this ice brew method. It's as easy as making a cup of pour over except you substitute half of your brewing water with ice. As a result, you brew concentrated coffee directly onto ice, which instantly cools your coffee--locking in all the flavor. Trust us when we say, you need to try this!

    Watch the video below to see Gail demonstrate how to brew using the ice brew method! And don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel by clicking here. We publish a new video every day of the week, so we are confident there will be something for you ;)

     

     

     

     

  • Morning Maintenance: Rocket Machine Care

    Rocket EspressoToday on Morning Maintenance, Gail takes a look at the Rocket Espresso lineup. Each of the machines by Rocket Espresso should be cared for in the same manner. So whether you have an R58 or a Premium Plus model, it is best to follow the following general maintenance tips!

    As you can see, a lot of the maintenance is easy to do. All it takes is a little up keep day by day in order to avoid many issues. And remember, its never too late to start good machine care!

    Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel yet? You can do so by clicking here. By subscribing you will continue to get all of these informative videos!

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